Sri Lanka public urged to refrain from using traditional medicine recipes circulating online for COVID-19

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lankan authorities have urged the general public to refrain from experimenting with Ayurvedic medicine recipes circulating in the internet claiming to be beneficial against COVID-19.

The State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospitals Development, and Community Health said it has observed that with the increase in the prevalence of the COVID-19 disease in the third stage, recipes containing Ayurvedic ingredients which claim to be beneficial for Covid-19 are circulating on the Internet at a much faster rate than in the past.

The State Ministry requested the general public to refrain from experimenting with such unknown medicines.

In a statement, the State Ministry said it is paramount to have an understanding of the ingredients of an Ayurvedic Indigenous medicine recipe and their use.

When the bark of a plant has to be used to prepare a medicine, the use of the fruit of that plant does not give the prescribed quality of the medicine and it may also give the opportunity to form compounds harmful to the body, the statement explained.

“Therefore, I kindly inform you to be careful not to use other unknown recipes other than the ones we traditionally use,” the Secretary to the State Ministry Kumari Weerasekara said in the statement.

She also said the Stare Ministry, Department of Ayurveda, the Provincial Ayurveda Departments, the Community Health and the Ayurvedic Medical Officers will inform the public about the medicines and other therapies that can be used to boost the body’s immune system.

The official emphasized that indigenous medical treatments to enhance the body’s immunity should be used by adhering to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in line with the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization.


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